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Published August 17, 2013, 02:36 PM

Firefighters facing another tough day in Idaho

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — Fire crews are bracing for another difficult day battling a wildfire moving closer to homes in the central Idaho resort towns of Hailey and Ketchum.

By: TODD DVORAK,Associated Press, TODD DVORAK,Associated Press

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — Fire crews are bracing for another difficult day battling a wildfire moving closer to homes in the central Idaho resort towns of Hailey and Ketchum.

The Beaver Creek Fire grew by 15 square miles Friday night and early Saturday to more than 144 square miles. Flames crept closer to homes and subdivisions in the mountains west of the towns and the Sun Valley Resort.

So far, authorities have issued mandatory evacuations for 1,600 residences in this smoke-shrouded valley. More homeowners could be asked to leave Saturday.

More than 700 firefighters are focused mostly on protecting homes and property. But hundreds more firefighters are en route as wildfires elsewhere in Idaho and western states are brought under control.

The Beaver Creek Fire has destroyed one home and handful of structures.

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